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September 17th, 2007


08:12 pm - Post-Facilitation Pool Boys
I facilitated a huge and nervous-making meeting at my workplace today, and I am super exhausted after several hours of charged-up worry, attempted social deftness, and constant adrenaline dump. I feel that I should have some post-facilitation pool boys to take care of me and meet my needs after I've kept mean order and democratic process charging along for four long hours. Where are you, post-facilitation pool boys? You all need to recognize the chair.
Current Mood: tiredtired

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September 16th, 2007


09:13 pm - Cake Lady Logo Contest
Pals,

I need a logo for my cake lady business. As some of you know, people have been paying me to make cakes lately, and because of this, I would like to make a business card before long. My original vision was to have an old-timey tattoo-style, fat, curvy pinup lady holding a big cake as my logo. I still would sort of like this logo, but I am open to anything that you lovely and talented folks may come up with.

Here's the good part: ANYONE SUBMITTING A LOGO WILL RECEIVE A FREE CAKE! Yes, you might have received a free cake anyway, but now, YOU DEFINITELY WILL RECEIVE A FREE CAKE! Draw me a cake logo, and a cake is yours! If you don't live in my geographical region, you must wait until we're united to receive your FREE CAKE! I am not prepared to freeze and ship.

Love,
Ama
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

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August 25th, 2007


10:56 am - My Coworker
When he showed me, I just clapped and clapped and shrieked! This is his work:

http://secretlivesofdolls.typepad.com/
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

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August 19th, 2007


08:59 am - Sat 8/25 1-3pm: Sexuality @ Fat Health & Med Advocacy Group
Hi Folks,

We've had a month of lapse in the Fat Health and Medical Advocacy Group, but we're back in August for a facilitated group discussion (no guest speaker this time) on Fat Bodies and Sexuality. Thanks to Abra, we are trying out a NEW LOCATION this month, the Dimond Library in Fruitvale. We will meet on Saturday, August 25th from 1-3pm in the Dimond Library meeting room.

The Dimond Library is located at 3565 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland, CA 94602. You can find directions and public transit instructions here: http://www.oaklandlibrary.org/Branches/dimond.htm#directions. As always, please email me if you need a ride from BART, and either I will pick you up, or I will find someone who will.

Topics covered will include:

* Perceived sexual scarcity and fat bodies
* Fetishization of fat
* Fat's location in the queer community
* Heterosexual dynamics and fat bodies
* Fat and sexual power
* Sexual abuse
* Cultural location as a component of fat sexuality
* The internet and fat sexuality
* Fat sexuality in the media

If you have something that you'd like to discuss that I haven't covered here, please email me and I'll add it to the agenda!

The group cost is $0 - whatever you can pay. This project is operating with the help of NOLOSE (http://www.nolose.org/), the non-profit tax status of which has helped secure reduced-rate access to facilities. However, the direct cost of the group to me will be around $40, which I hope to cover with the help of contributions.

Please RSVP for the group as soon as possible by writing to me at amandapiasecki@yahoo.com. I will send a confirmation message once I receive your RSVP. Attendance will be capped at 20 people.

Please email with any questions or concerns.


I hope to see you there!

All the best,
Amanda
Current Mood: awakeawake

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July 14th, 2007


08:19 pm - Lucille
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Current Mood: gratefulgrateful

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June 29th, 2007


11:22 am - Test
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June 23rd, 2007


08:19 am - Proud!
I'm proud of you all! I'm proud of this amazing and fucked up place I've lived for ten years! I'm so lucky to live in Oakland, to have lived in San Francisco, and to have loved the people I love! Thank you for helping me to save my own life, Bay Area queers. Thanks for all the pinkness, sparkles, high drama, great sex, processing, ragged utopianism, borrowed cash to live on, therapy, jobs, apartments, medical care, and sweet, hot, life. I surely do love you.
Current Mood: thankfulthankful

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June 9th, 2007


07:45 am - Behavior: Fat Health & Med Advocacy Group 6/16
Hi folks,

On Saturday, June 16th, 2007, from 12-2 pm, Dr. Elena Escalera, PhD, has generously offered to do a guest presentation on Behavior Change and Health at Any Size as part of the Fat Health & Medical Self-Advocacy Group. Topics covered will include transforming self-harming medical denial and fear into harm reductionist thinking and self-love, and the theory behind what happens in our brains in order to enact behavior change.

Dr. Escalera is a professor of psychology at St. Mary's College, a fat warrior, and a badass community leader.

The group will be held on Saturday, June 16th from 12-2 pm in the meeting room at the Lakeview Branch of the Oakland Public Library.

The group will be focused on self-identified fat women and queers. If you'd like to attend and you're not a fat woman or queer, please email me and let me know a bit about who you are and why you'd like to attend.

The Lakeview Library has a parking lot, is accessible, and is easily reachable via public transportation. The parking lot may fill up quickly on the weekend because of the Farmer's Market, in which case parking under the freeway between MacArthur and Lake Park is the next best option. The NL line of the transbay bus stops about a block away on MacArthur and Lakeshore. AC transit line 12, which picks up near the Oakland 12th St BART station, stops on Grand and Lake Park, and the AC transit line 57, which picks up near MacArthur BART, stops on Grand and MacArthur. If you need a ride from BART, please let me know and either I will pick you up, or I'll find you someone who can.

The group cost is $0 - whatever you can pay. This project is operating with the help of NOLOSE, the non-profit tax status of which has helped secure reduced-rate access to facilities. However, the direct cost of the group to me will be around $40, which I hope to cover with the help of contributions.

Please RSVP for the group as soon as possible by writing to me at amandapiasecki@yahoo.com. I will send a confirmation message once I receive your RSVP. Attendance will be capped at 20 people.

**IMPERATIVE: IF YOU HAVE TO CANCEL AFTER YOU RSVP, PLEASE DO SO IN A TIMELY MANNER, SINCE THERE WILL BE A WAITING LIST, AND IF YOU CANCEL AT THE LAST MINUTE, THE WAIT LISTED PEOPLE WON'T GET NOTIFIED IN TIME TO ATTEND.**


Please email with any questions or concerns.

I hope to see you there!

All the best,
Amanda
Current Mood: awakeawake

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May 5th, 2007


11:21 am - Managing Shame: Fat Health & Med Advocacy Group 5/19
Hi folks,

On Saturday, May 19th, 2007, from 1-3 pm, Matilda St. John, MFT, has generously offered to do a guest presentation on managing shame at the doctor's office as part of the Fat Health & Medical Self-Advocacy Group. Topics covered will include addressing shame as a barrier to obtaining care, strategies for sticking to a medical self-advocacy agenda while managing shame, and dealing with a trauma response to healthcare environments. After her presentation, Matilda has offered to spend some time consulting on individuals' specific barriers in the context of the group.

Matilda St. John is a member of Oakland's amazing feminist psychotherapy practice, Psyche, and is a dancer in the Bay Area's famous fat dance troupe, Big Moves.

The group will be held on Saturday, May 19th from 1-3pm in the meeting room at the Lakeview Branch of the Oakland Public Library (http://www.oaklandlibrary.org/Branches/lak.html).

The group will be focused on self-identified fat women and queers. If you'd like to attend and you're not a fat woman or queer, please email me and let me know a bit about who you are and why you'd like to attend.

The Lakeview Library has a parking lot, is accessible, and is easily reachable via public transportation. The parking lot may fill up quickly on the weekend because of the Farmer's Market, in which case parking under the freeway between MacArthur and Lake Park is the next best option. The NL line of the transbay bus stops about a block away on MacArthur and Lakeshore. AC transit line 12, which picks up near the Oakland 12th St BART station, stops on Grand and Lake Park, and the AC transit line 57, which picks up near MacArthur BART, stops on Grand and MacArthur. If you need a ride from BART, please let me know and either I will pick you up, or I'll find you someone who can.

The group cost is $0 - whatever you can pay. This project is operating with the help of NOLOSE (http://www.nolose.org/), the non-profit tax status of which has helped secure reduced-rate access to facilities. However, the direct cost of the group to me will be around $40, which I hope to cover with the help of contributions.

Please RSVP for the group as soon as possible by writing to me at amandapiasecki@yahoo.com. I will send a confirmation message once I receive your RSVP. Attendance will be capped at 20 people.

**IMPERATIVE: IF YOU HAVE TO CANCEL AFTER YOU RSVP, PLEASE DO SO IN A TIMELY MANNER, SINCE THERE WILL BE A WAITING LIST, AND IF YOU CANCEL AT THE LAST MINUTE, THE WAIT LISTED PEOPLE WON'T GET NOTIFIED IN TIME TO ATTEND.**

Please email with any questions or concerns.


I hope to see you there!

All the best,
Amanda
Current Mood: busybusy

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March 25th, 2007


03:23 pm - Fat Health and Medical Advocacy Group: Saturday, April 21 1-3pm!
Hello!

The first Fat Health and Medical Advocacy Group will be held on Saturday, April 21st from 1-3pm in the meeting room at the Lakeview Branch of the Oakland Public Library!

During the first hour, I'll give my Medical Self-Advocacy for Fat People talk, which was a big hit at NOLOSE 2006, and distribute an article I've written called The Fat Girl's Guide to Dealing with Doctors. During the second hour, we'll discuss individual group members' obstacles to obtaining health care, using our collective knowledge to begin drafting health care action plans for everyone in attendance.

The group will be focused on self-identified fat women and queers. If you'd like to attend and you're not a fat woman or queer, please email me and let me know a bit about who you are and why you'd like to attend.

The Lakeview Library has a parking lot, is accessible, and is easily reachable via public transportation. The NL line of the transbay bus stops about a block away on Grand and Lake Park, as does AC transit line 12, which picks up near the Oakland 12th St BART stop, and the AC transit line 57, which picks up near MacArthur BART. If you need a ride from BART, please let me know and either I will pick you up, or I'll find you someone who can.

The group cost is $0 - whatever you can pay. This project is operating with the help of NOLOSE, the non-profit tax status of which has helped secure reduced-rate access to facilities. However, the direct cost of the group to me will be around $40, which I hope to cover with the help of contributions.

Please RSVP for the group as soon as possible by writing to me at amandapiasecki@yahoo.com. I will send a confirmation message once I receive your RSVP. Attendance will be capped at 20 people. Please email with any questions or concerns.

I hope to see you there!

All the best,
Amanda
Current Mood: workingworking

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